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Adaptive, interactive Multimedia & Multichannel Education for socio-economically diverse students in grade 6-12

I am the facilitator for a Social Innovation group that will design the user experience, service design, and technology architecture.

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With the use of multimedia content on YouTube, public access television, and streaming services, as well as strategy and simulations games. With the ability of society to produce high-quality images, blogs, and videos with the smartphone, we can find and encourage free or low-cost content targeted at certain subjects. Also, with concepts of hyper-learning and the advances in artificial intelligence, we can create content that adapts to the child's mastery of learning objectives and offer remedial lessons or more advance lessons until the child demonstrates master. With the variety of content and AI can adapt the content to learning styles and subject mastery. To provide this for diverse, socio-economic students in grades 6 to 12, we will overcome the disparity in access to digital technology by using multi-device and multimedia channels. Members, working with our employers, can also develop public-private partnerships for prototypes.

What is the need are you focusing on?

The need is to provide engaging yet educational remote learning opportunities for economically diverse students so they will have equal access to quality education. In the post-pandemic environment, there will still be disparities in the quality of education in communities. Not all schools are afforded the best teachers in any given school district.  This service would also be a fun and entertaining means to supplement in school education with remedial training and home reinforcements for children of under-resourced parents without the ability to afford tutoring. As my teen daughter struggles to find the Zoom instructor-led sessions interesting, I've noticed that she has lost the unstructured time to engage with classmates, as well as the instructors struggling to make the course interesting and engaging for pre-teens and teenage students. 

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

The pivot is a social education platform and technical infrastructure that provides all students with content and equal access to the best instructors on a national level. It becomes a low cost source of education content open to school districts on a freemium to premium subscription It will to supplement in class instruction and textbooks, remote education, and after-school reinforcements. This is TedTalks meets social media for students and educators.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

The positive changes is equal access to quality for all 6 to 12 students regardless of neighborhood, school district, or skills of in-class instructors. The benefactors are the students in rural communities with difficulty finding instructors graduating from the best schools of education and minority students living in low tax-revenue school districts that cannot afford to provided quality educational services or facilities. The establishment of initial operating capability of the technical platform would be approximately 9 to 12 months. The marketing and adoption of the technology to increase educational content providers and users will take longer.

What is the name of your business or organization?

We are a nonprofit organization called Social Innovators of the Americas Association (SIAA) that is dedicated to facilitating cross-community collaboration to eliminate the disparity of opportunities for poor and minority citizens.

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Our organization supports nonprofits with solutions development for its constituents and public-private partnerships for the creation of new product-service prototypes that are mutually beneficial to all parties. Our revenue is generated from our service fees for training, nonprofit consulting, and cross-community workshop facilitation; as well as any grants or donations we receive.

What is your profession?

A Chief Solution Architect and Program Manager for the Aerospace and Defense Industry. An Executive Director and Founder of my Nonprofit.

Where are you located (country)?

United States of America

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Business/Consulting
  • Customer Experience/Service
  • Designer(UX/CX/Design Research)
  • Engineering/Architecture
  • Non-Profit/Philanthropy

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 11-49

How old is your business/company?

  • Less than 1 year old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Nonprofit/NGO

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Loans
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We may need help finding the right partner for operation and sustainment of the solution and turning it into a profitable business model, as we are a nonprofit

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

As our team will do most of the designing and planning with our stakeholders, members, and business partners, we will need help getting it to a prototype and full-up operation. The funds for prototyping/initial version. Also, making it operational is beyond our scope and will require a partnership with a for profit company to work on a viable business model for growth.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

The members in our group have an average of 15 years as web designers, engineers, educators, and business owners. The team came up with this idea based on our observations of current trends. The lessons learned from our combined experiences are we are relying on

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

We are planning 2 to 3 Cross-Community Collaboration workshops with the school system and the many IT vendors and service providers in our community. In addition, we are planning a series of panel discussions with teachers, school administrators, school social workers and counselors, and professors in education departments to better understand the needs of the students and the school system.

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Welcome to the challenge Jay Coleman , really exciting to learn about your pivot especially around helping provide remote learning opportunities for economically diverse students.

We thought it might exciting to have you be part of the COVID-19 Reimagine Learning Challenge: as well, where you could re-share your concept, learnings and connect with other community members (such as schools, educators, students and innovators) re-imagining learning at this time and beyond.